Yesterday I shared some scary indoor Halloween party decorating ideas for a friend’s 40th birthday party. Today I want to share how we decorated the outside of the party. As a reminder we pulled together all the Halloween decorations from three friends to pull this off.
If you haven’t checked it out, see the inside of the party first so you get the full effect!
Coming out the back sliding door of my friend’s home, there is a playhouse and a trampoline for her three kids. We wanted to disguise this as best as we could so we worked it into the decorations. We turned the playhouse into a mini haunted house. We placed the headless man and headless woman costumes I made years ago on chairs, and used pumpkins on their laps as their heads. We placed webs all over the house and added an inexpensive keep out sign.
We hung a scary skeleton in the inside center of the trampoline and wrapped the outside with caution tape. Underneath the trampoline we made it look like a graveyard. We decorated the cocktail tables with fake bones and some paper spider laced doilies I made.
For the dinner table centerpieces we grouped bones, candles, and wine bottles I decorated and made back in 2008 (the same year I made those tarot cards…both store really well)!
To make the wine bottles, all you need is recycled wine bottles, scrapbook or construction paper, tape or a glue stick, and your computer. I thought of these when I wanted to create a Pirates of the Caribbean setting at Halloween one year. I was able to use them again for a child’s pirate themed birthday party.
First, remove the labels from your wine bottles by soaking them in warm soapy water. The type of wine and the type of label will determine the length of time to soak. Some bottles need a few hours, and some need a full day. As you notice the label coming off, use the rough side of a sponge to rub the label off.
In the meantime, use clipart, Google Images, or your own design to come up with pirate or Halloween themed labels. Here are some ideas:
- Pirate’s Rum
- Witches Brew
- Skull and cross bones
- Ghostly clipper ship
- Fallen Angel
- Black Magic
- Witch’s Blood
- Deadman’s Rum
- Time flies when you’re having rum
- Bloody Rum
- Devil’s Poison
- Pirate’s Choice
- Vampire’s Elixir
- Ghostly Spirits
Next print out your labels, embellish them with colored scrapbook paper or construction paper to make a boarder, and tape them to you wine bottle. I glued red rhinestones in the eyes of a skull and cross bones. Be as creative as you want! There is no wrong way of doing this easy craft! Surround your pirate wine bottles with skulls, bones, plastic spiders, and Mardi Gras beads.
We hung spider webs, monsters, and skeletons all over the back yard. We even had a giant spider.
Because we pulled all of our decorations together, this fairly elaborately decorated party did not cost very much! Don’t forget to check out the inside of the house! Happy (early) Halloween!